First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage. Love…check. Marriage…check. Baby carriage…after eight months of intensive in store and online research still To Be Determined.
Somehow, someway, purchasing a stroller has become as time consuming and obsession-provoking as buying a wedding dress. I genuinely would not be surprised if TLC added Say Yes to the Stroller to its Fall lineup. Travel systems, full sized, light-weight, all terrain, jogging – the choices are endless and the options are maddening. Not to mention the accessories. Rumble seat? Footmuff? Parent console? What the hell are these things and do I need them?
The one plus side of pregnancy insomnia is that I have had plenty of extra time to research the ridiculous amount of stroller options out there. My research has brought me to one definitive conclusion…stroller shopping should not be this f***king difficult. Never in my life did I think I would be stressing about whether or not 5” was a sufficient enough range of extension for a stroller handle. Nor did I think I would find countless forums debating the necessity of air vs foam filled wheels, 6” vs 8”, three wheels vs four.
What is is about strollers that brings out this craziness in expecting women?? I know I’m not the only one who, despite sheer exhaustion, spends their nights by the glow of the laptop comparing the benefits of a magnetic peekaboo window canopy vs zippered peekaboo window canopy. I know this because Jojosmommy38 and Preggysue83 have posted about it on Strollerreview.com at 3:00am. So while stroller shopping may be driving you completely insane, think of the bright side. Even on the days when you feel like you know nothing about motherhood, at least you do know the specs on 20 different strollers that are on the market.